Society for the History of Psychology at the Association for Psychological Science Convention

SHP President-Elect Deborah Johnson of U. Southern Maine organized a one-day workshop on the history of psychology at the APS convention in Washington DC on 24 May. The keynote address by Michael Sokal of Worcester Polytechnic was on the origins of experimental psychology in America. In another session, the 1962 APA “Focus on Behavior” film “Need to Achieve” was shown and discussed. The film features the work of David McClelland, and was noted by members of the audience that Timothy Leary played a bit part as well. There was also a panel on training, research, and careers in the hist. of psych. (w/ Ingrid Farreras (Hood Coll.; Alexandra Rutherford, York U.; David Schmidt, Coll. of St. Catherine; Chris Green, York U.; Wade Pickren, Ryerson U.) and (3) three talks on active learning exercises for hist. of psych. courses (w/ David Carroll, U. Wisconsin-Superior; Marla Eby, Harvard; David Zehr, Plymouth St. U.).

In addition, on 26 May, there was a session on the history of 20th-century schizophrenia research in psychology that included talks by David Baker (Archives of the History of American Psychology, U. Akron), Robin Cautin (Manhattanville Coll.), Loring Ingraham (George Washington U.), and Allan Mirsky (NIMH).

About Christopher Green

Professor of Psychology at York University (Toronto). Former editor of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Creator of the "Classics in the History of Psychology" website and of the "This Week in the History of Psychology" podcast series.